Company that owns Highbrow.com paid about $20,000 for the domain name.
The owner of an online publication at HighbrowMagazine.com has threatened the owners of Highbrow.com, demanding that they turn the domain name over to her.
Highbrow.com’s owner has filed a lawsuit in federal district court seeking declaratory judgment that their use of the domain name does not infringe HighbrowMagazine.com’s owners.
HighbrowMagazine.com describes itself as “a liberal, general-interest magazine covering arts/entertainment, politics, media, food, and travel”.
Highbrow.com is beauty blog launched last year. Its owners, Highbrow, LLC, paid about $20,000 to acquire the domain name.
In December last year, Highbrow Magazine, LLC sent a cease & desist letter to Highbrow, LLC. It demanded that Highbrow, LLC stop using the name and transfer the domain name. The cease & desist letter, the first of three, was sent through a company called The Trademark Company.
Now Highbrow, LLC is asking a U.S. District Court in Oregon for declaratory judgment and to cancel HighBrow Magazine’s trademarks.